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Chapter 14: Spinal Traction

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The goal of traction is to encourage movement of the spine and decrease the patient's symptoms.

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a. True

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b. False

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a. True

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Ligament deformation due to traction should occur during slow loading.

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a. True

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b. False

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a. True

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Traction may only be applied with a machine.

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a. True

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b. False

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b. False

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Traction may help reduce disk herniation. In this condition the ________________ protrudes.

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a. annulus fibrosus

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b. nucleus pulposus

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c. disk material

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d. synovial fringe

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b. nucleus pulposus

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Traction has effects on

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a. articular facet joints

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b. paraspinal muscles

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c. nerve roots

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d. all of the above

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d. all of the above

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What is the most common problem traction is used to treat?

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a. spondylolisthesis

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b. fibrosis

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c. nerve root impingement

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d. none of the above

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c. nerve root impingement

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Which of the following is NOT a contraindication to traction?

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a. muscle strain

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b. acute inflammation

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c. fractures

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d. vertebral joint instability

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a. muscle strain

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How long should intermittent manual cervical traction be applied?

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a. less than 30 seconds

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b. 1–2 minutes

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c. 3–10 minutes

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d. 10–15 minutes

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c. 3–10 minutes

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If traction treatments are resulting in no change in ...

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